Sailors sweep home meet


It wasn’t your typical meet as athletes from Eddyville, Alsea and Mapleton competed at the first — and if all goes well, the last — Mapleton Lack of Lane Lines Spectacular, a.k.a Mapleton 300 on Tuesday.

Since having the track resurfaced back in September, Mapleton High School athletic director Aaron Longo has needed three consecutive days of sunshine in order for the resurfacing to be dry enough to paint.

“And we’re still waiting,” said Longo, who renamed the event and moved forward with the meet — minus any track events accept for the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.

Something else made Thursday’s meet one-of-a-kind: The hammer throw, which is a field event that hasn’t occurred in Mapleton for more than two decades.

Fittingly, the Sailors swept the event, as well as the entire meet, with Sailor boys and girls teams scoring 50 points each.

There were no sprints or middle distance races, but Mapleton dominated the throws. This was particularly true of Mapleton senior Josi Hays, who won all four throwing events, including the shot put (31-08), discus (29-01), javelin (81-07 and hammer throw 70-02).

Sophomore Brittany Wilson also had a good day in the throws, placing second in the shot put (23-01) and javelin (65-06).

In the discus, senior Dana Halverson was third with a personal-record throw of 57-08.

Sophomore leaper Bailey Messick was second in the high jump at 3-4.

For the boys, Cole Spencer won the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 5:35.46, Spencer also cleared 5-4 in the high jump for the win.

The Mapleton boys had a clean sweep of the top four in the 1,500-meter race, with freshman Nathaniel Neece setting a PR for second place with his time of 5:36.59. Senior Zachery Croson was third (5:39.27) and freshman Richy Gastelum was fourth with a PR time of 5:44.66.

Freshman Nathan Roane also had a PR time, finishing sixth in 6:14.09.

In the throws, junior Tanner Wilson won both the discus and javelin with throws of 100-4 and 150-04, respectively.

He was second in the hammer throw at 72-04.

Senior Tyler Packebush won the pole vault with a mark of 9-0 and was third in the long jump at 31-08.

The Sailors will travel to Oakridge April 27.

Events begin at 4 p.m.

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